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Life-saving treatment for Finn is goal

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Life-saving treatment for Finn is goal

Bromsgrove’s Emergency Services are pulling together in a bid to get life-saving treatment for a brave six-year-old boy.

Young ‘Finn the Fabulous’ needs to find a blood stem cell donor match to treat his blood cancer, and Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 31 August is the place to be to come to get tested.

“We heard about Finn through the ambulance service and they will be taking the lead on the day,” said Crew Commander ‘Chuck’ Berry from Bromsgrove Fire Station.

“The ambulance service will be there on 31 August and people will be able to join the stem cell register by providing a mouth swab which is a simple test and takes about five minutes.”

Meanwhile, Finn and his parents Jo and Paul have been to have a look around Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station and meet some of the Emergency Services personnel who are going to be helping him.

The family met with Ambulance Technician Caroline Hadley, PC Barnaby Kelso from the Safer Neighbourhood team and CC Berry and some of their colleagues to ride in a police car and an ambulance, as well as joining in with the fire crews’ training exercise where he helped make up the hose.

“Finn said that it was the best day of his life,” said CC Berry.

Bromsgrove Safer Neighbourhood Police Officer, Barnaby Kelso, said: “The joint police and fire station hosts the open day annually, with lots of demonstrations and fun activities for children and families.

“This year we are really keen to get as many people to come and support the day with all of the local Emergency Services, ‘Finn the Fabulous’ and his family. We would love to see a large number of people providing a simple mouth swab on the day to help Finn find a possible donor match.

“People can be tested on the day, and find out more about Finn and the treatment he requires. All of us would like to encourage the community to come to the open day to enjoy everything on offer.”

Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station Open Day take place on Saturday 31 August from 12 noon to 4pm.

As well as having the chance to help Finn, there will be plenty of fun for all the family with lots to see and do. And it’s free.

The adjacent Artrix Arts Centre are also having a Family Fun Day and have a great selection of refreshments and a bar available in their new open air café area.

To find out more about Finn, visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/finnthefabulous/